Dave has responded to this question many times but, like the sport of powerlifting, the answer evolves. Based on the sport today, here are guidelines for expectations, performance, and how to design a program.
This is a 14-section article that would be better thought of as a manual on deadlifting. This is not something you will sit down and read in one sitting. I suggest you read this in sections and bookmark to reference.
You can build a powerful looking body without ever entering a power rack. But you'll never really be strong. Stronger than the average guy, sure, but not the type of strong you dreamed of when you first set foot in a gym. For that kind of strength, you need a heavy...
With five years in the sport of powerlifting, my best total before I came to Westside Barbell was 1685. After training at Westside for a little over three years, my best total is 1950. Here are the big issues to avoid if you want similar progress.